TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Creating connections was the common theme in a presentation on improving communities.
Author Jay Walljasper of Minneapolis, Minnesota gave Thursday's keynote speech at the Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit.
Walljasper outlined "25 Ways to Improve Your Community." His top two are to give people a place to walk and give people a place to hang out.
He says moving forward depends on people sharing ideas. He says, to make anything work, people need to be connected, whether it's coming together at schools, coffee shops or street corners. He says if people stay isolated in their homes, nothing happens.
Walljasper also says there's a growing interest in local dining options.
He is a senior fellow and editor for OntheCommons.org.
This was the second day of the conference. The Sunflower Foundation provided support for the event.